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Emergency Response Plan must be made public-Doolan

4 September, 2006


Sinn Féin's Dublin Environmental Spokesperson & Representative for Dublin South East, Cllr. Daithí Doolan called on Dublin City Council, "to make public their Emergency Response Plan for this months predicted flooding in Dublin. The public have a right to know what plans are in place to ensure there is not a repeat of the 2002 disastrous flooding here in Ringsend. ".

Speaking in Ringsend ahead of this evening's City Council meeting, Cllr. Doolan said:

"I welcome the City Council's ongoing assessments of the high tides expected along the coast on the 9th & 10th of this month & the Emergency Response Plan that is now in place. However a long term solution to the ongoing flooding potential of the area is urgently needed. Knowing high tides are imminent is important yes, but only if we have already invested in flood protection so as to avoid a repeat of the terrible experiences for the community in 2002.

"The City Council has been working with the Office of Public Works since 2004 when the Government confirmed the latter as the States' leading agency in flooding. The council needs to act on the work of the OPW by furthering a fully integrated flood risk, impact & prevention programme for Dublin City. I wrote to Assistant City Manager Matt Twomey last week asking him to meet with local Councillors and the community to discuss flood protection, unfortunately I am still awaiting his reply."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan called on Dublin City Council, "to produce & circulate an information booklet informing the community of the current Emergency Response Plan, what future flood prevention work is intended for areas affected & advice as to what preparations the community can in place."

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